ECO Newsletter: Week of February 22nd, 2015


Greetings ECO,

There is no more we can say about the weather. We hope you are staying warm and wearing boots. Last but not the least, good luck on your midterms!



2015 BP Energy Outlook 2035 with BP Chief Economist Spencer Dale

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

 IAB 1501

Please join the Center on Global Energy Policy for a discussion of the 2015 edition of the BP Energy Outlook 2035 with BP Chief Economist Spencer Dale.

Register Here.



The Earth Institute, in collaboration with the School of Continuing Education, Columbia’s Global Center in Jordan and the Porter School of Environmental Studies, is offering students a unique opportunity to take a fieldwork course on  environmental issues in the Middle East this summer. Please share the attached flyer and information below with your  graduate students. The deadline to apply for the course is 11: 59 pm EST, March 3rd.

The course:

NECR K4260: Regional Environmental Sustainability in the Middle East

Currently, there is limited cooperation in the Middle East on environmental issues and joint management of shared natural resources. The trans boundary nature of the environmental problems in the region suggests that a joint, integrated approach to resource management is critically needed and may serve as the common ground for achieving sustainable peace. Students who enroll in this summer course will have the opportunity to learn about: the ways in which natural resource, environmental and transportation issues span geographical boundaries; how political conflicts may create, sustain and escalate these problems; and the role the environment can play in future negotiations toward constructive, peaceful and sustainable outcomes. Students will experience firsthand the social and political challenges facing the policymakers and environmental scientists who seek to address these issues. Ten Columbia students will be joined by students from the Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University and will spend 2 weeks studying trans boundary environmental issues– like water– while visiting different sites in Jordan and Israel. The instructor for the course will be Dr. Joshua Fisher, Director of the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity.

 Click here to watch a short video about the trip from 2013.

 Face-to-Face Sessions: May 26, 28, June 1 (10am – 4pm)

Travel Dates: June 4 – 17

Estimated Cost: ($1500-1600) + Tuition
Eligibility: Preference will be given to graduate students with a demonstrated interest in sustainability and environmental conflict resolution.
Program Details:Students who wish to earn academic credit for the program should indicate so on their online application. Approval to use the program for credit will need to be obtained from the student’s degree program.

To Apply: Please submit an online application by March 3rd at 11:59PM EST.  Contact Natalie Unwin-Kuruneri ( with any questions.


Forum on Sustainable Agriculture

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 2:00 to 5:00 PM

555 Lerner Hall

An enlightening forum profiling the sustainability challenges in the U.S. agriculture sector brought to you by the School of International and Public Affairs and the Earth Institute. This event will address agricultural sustainability challenges from the perspectives of  large U.S. agribusiness corporations, profiling movement toward sustainable large-scale agricultural production.


Erin Fitzgerald, Senior Vice President for Global Sustainability, U.S. Dairy Innovation Center

Dennis Treacy, Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods

Register Here.




  • Energy Policy Research Associate, Center for American Progress, SIPAlink ID: 53930
  • Wind Energy for a Cleaner America Campaign Advocate, Environment America, SIPAlink: 53511


  • Center on Global Energy Policy Research Assistant, Summer 2015, SIPAlink ID: 53653
  • Partnerships Program Intern, Synergos Institute, SIPAlink ID53727



BBC: BP loses bid to reduce Gulf of Mexico oil spill fine


NYT: Utilities Push Into Fuel Stations for Electric Cars


GTM: Will EPA’s Carbon Rule Hurt the Grid?



Tianjian Gao

SIPA Environmental Coalition (ECO) Communications Director
MIA Candidate (2016), School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

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